Closing the Achievement Gap for Males of Color in the Classroom: Teaching Creatively


Harborside Center West

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Academic Achievement & School Leadership


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Biographical Sketch

Jà Hon Vance, Executive Vice President of Teaching and Learning, JV Educational Consultants, LLC, West Bloomfield, MI

Today, he is highly praised and respected for his savvy work with academic testing, teacher education training programs, recruitment, educating and graduating African American male students in higher education, retention, as well as, redesigning developmental educational writing programs. When Professor Vance is not working with students and conducting instructional training sessions for educators, he can be found presenting workshops for H.O.P.E. Academy Leadership Institute, Innovative Educators, JV Educational Annual Males of Color Retention Conference, National Association for Developmental Education, Noel-Levitz National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing, and Retention, The National HBCU Faculty Development Symposium Conference, The National Youth At-Risk Conference, Oxford Round Table, and The QUEST: Minority Male Annual Conference.

Recently, Professor Vance used a zero dollar budget to operate a successful structural learning community by the name of QUEST that he designed and developed specifically for African American males to earn an Associate of Arts Degree in one year, while producing more than 13.5 million dollars in FTEs, as well as, secured a 2.7 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2011. To add to his academic leadership credit, Professor Vance made history and changed the educational teaching and learning platform by producing seven consecutive classes of graduates from 2009-2015 at Baltimore City Community College using his “One Year Degree Model Concept—The QUEST.

In addition, his innovative writing concept—which implores the use of The Vance-Brooks Writing Model—provided successful outcomes over a four year period that helped students matriculate from developmental educational writing courses to credit-level writing courses with the needed skills to advance in higher education. Lastly, Professor Vance’s philosophy for education is simple: “All persons are capable of learning, but the educator must be creative and skilled to reach, to teach, and to meet the various academic needs, but most importantly, the educator must act as the change agent that constantly works to foster continual awareness in every soul.”

Keyword Descriptors

Academic achievement, Achievement gap, Males of color, Creative teaching, Teacher education, At-risk students

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Start Date

3-7-2016 3:00 PM

End Date

3-7-2016 4:15 PM

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Mar 7th, 3:00 PM Mar 7th, 4:15 PM

Closing the Achievement Gap for Males of Color in the Classroom: Teaching Creatively

Harborside Center West

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